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Colin Keane will keep his partnership with Westover in subsequent week’s King George VI And...

Colin Keane will keep his partnership with Westover in subsequent week’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot.

Ralph Beckett’s cost was ridden by Rob Hornby on his first two begins this 12 months, profitable the Traditional Trial at Sandown earlier than ending an unfortunate third within the Derby at Epsom.

Hornby was changed by Keane for Westover’s Irish Derby run, with connections citing the Irish champion jockey’s expertise of the Curragh observe as the rationale for his reserving.

The duo duly got here house hugely-impressive seven-length winners of the Traditional and Keane will preserve the experience within the Ascot showpiece, for which the son of Frankel is favorite within the absence of his Epsom conqueror Desert Crown.

Westover is ready to conflict with Epsom Oaks second Emily Upjohn after her supposed Irish Oaks run was scuppered by journey points and Barry Mahon, basic supervisor for homeowners Juddmonte, is eagerly anticipating the problem.

He informed Racing TV: “We’re very excited. We had been on this place earlier than the Irish Derby with (Oaks winner) Tuesday getting supplemented, so we’re used to surprises.

“We’re very excited, the horse is in good type. I spoke with Ralph this morning, he’s very proud of him and all being nicely within the subsequent few days, he’s set to go to the King George and Colin Keane will experience him.”

Mahon is happy Keane will be capable of keep the partnership.

He added: “(There’s) no main pondering (behind the choice), he received on him the final day, he’s a three-times champion jockey and we have now a really shut affiliation with him.

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“He is rode two Traditional winners for us and we have now a particular association with him that when his first retainer Ger Lyons does not use him, we will have his providers and he’s accessible subsequent weekend and Ger has kindly let him off to experience the horse, so he will keep on board.”